Town electric program saves local ratepayers millions!
Since November, the Town’s Nantucket PowerChoice program has saved local ratepayers $12.7 Million in electric supply costs over National Grid’s winter basic service. With a fixed contract price of 11.065 cents/kWh through December 2024, the Town’s municipal electric aggregation program has saved an average residential customer $161 per month and $967 over the last 6-months. Since the program was launched in 2018, the total savings from the Nantucket PowerChoice program exceed $18 million. In addition to providing significant cost savings to the community, the program has also supported the development of renewable energy projects on Nantucket by funding:
- Over $375,000 in local solar rebates to 92 residents who have installed solar energy systems at their primary homes, for a combined capacity of 827kW of solar power
- The purchase of 836 Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) generated by the High School wind turbine. This transaction has resulted in $18,689 for the School and 836,000 kilowatt hours of clean, local power for Nantucket PowerChoice program participants.
Nantucket PowerChoice currently serves approximately 92% of all residential accounts and 80% of total electric customers on Nantucket. For more information, please visit the program website at www.nantucketpower.org, or contact Lauren Sinatra, Energy Coordinator, at LSinatra@nantucket-ma.gov.
SouthCoast Wind: Public Comments Due April-3rd
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will accept public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the SouthCoast Wind project (formerly Mayflower Wind) until Monday, April 3, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET. The DEIS is an important piece of the federal permitting process, which analyzes all possible impacts of the proposed project and proposed project alternatives, including a no action alternative.
SouthCoast Wind is a 50-50 joint venture between Shell and Ocean Winds. The project is expected to produce 804 MW and will consist of a maximum of 147 turbines up to 1,066 feet tall. The 199-square mile (or 127,000 acre) lease area is located 23 miles southwest of Nantucket. Visual simulations of the project can be viewed here. The DEIS can be accessed on BOEM’s website here.
Comments can be submitted in the following ways:
- In written form by mail, enclosed in an envelope labeled “SouthCoast Wind COP DEIS” and addressed to Program Chief, Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166.
- Oral or written testimony during any of the public meetings listed in the Notice of Availability and Virtual Meeting Room.
- Through the regulations.gov web portal by navigating to https://www.regulations.gov/ and search for Docket No. BOEM-2023-0011. Click on the “Comment” button below the document link. Enter your information and comment, then click “Submit Comment.”
Free Appliance Recycling Events on Saturday, April 29th!
Reduce your home energy costs and earn cash rebates
In partnership with the Town of Nantucket, National Grid is hosting two appliance recycling events on Saturday, April 29th.
Fridge/Freezer Recycling Pickup: If you have an old, working refrigerator or freezer sitting in your garage or basement, it could be costing you up to $150 in annual energy costs. Schedule a pickup and have your old unit safely removed at no cost to you, plus receive a $75 check for each appliance recycled. There are limited spots available, so schedule your pick-up today. For more information, go to ngrid.com/nantucket or call 1-877-889-4761.
Dehumidifier Turn-In Event: If you have an outdated, working dehumidifier that you'd like to upgrade or clean out, drop it off for recycling at the Public Safety Facility located at 4 Fairgrounds Rd. between 8:00am-12:00 pm and receive a $30 rebate!
By recycling inefficient appliances and replacing outdated models with ENERGY STAR® certified appliances, you’ll reduce your energy consumption and receive Mass Save rebates. But that’s just the beginning. When you safely recycle your appliances, you also:
Keep reusable materials such as plastic, foam, metal and glass out of landfills
Protect the Planet
Avoid the release of ozone-depleting substances into the atmosphere
More energy-efficient appliances can save you up to $150 a year in energy costs
The Town of Nantucket’s Energy Office is a proud partner of the Mass Save program on Nantucket. For questions regarding how to save energy in your home or business, please contact: Lauren Sinatra, Energy Coordinator at LSinatra@nantucket-ma.gov.